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Painter on Hammons

Matt Painter was asked about A.J. Hammons at Big Ten media day Thursday.

"He's ahead defensively right now, I would say, in terms of blocking shots and rebounding and passing and thinking the game," Painter said.

"He's very good in those areas. Offensively he can make an open shot to 17 feet. He's got to get polished in the post, a go-to move and feel more comfortable down there on the block. You would think someone who has always been huge, that's that what they would be in terms of a low post guy, he would prefer to float but we're trying to anchor him and understand that we will get him the basketball if he will work to get deep position and then work to get position and score the ball."

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